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From time to time Pastor Bob will write an essay dealing with current issues in popular culture and emerging trends within the church. The purpose of these essays is to engage Christians to think biblically concerning the times in which we live.

21 Reasons Why I Believe in God:
Bees (#21)
January 9, 2014
The next time you have the urge to swat a bee at a picnic, don't! He's on a mission from God.

21 Reasons Why I Believe in God:
1948 (#20)
June 13, 2014
Only 100 years ago the Bible's prophecies about a resurrected Israel were laughable. No more.

21 Reasons Why I Believe in God:
Francis Collins (#19)
July 29, 2014
One of the tenets of modern atheism is that people only believe in God because that's what they grew up with. These converts belie that notion.

21 Reasons Why I Believe in God:
God's Hotel (#18)
August 28, 2014
Why were the early Christians so concerned for the poor and sick in the midst of a culture that didn't? It's simple: they were following the legacy of Jesus.

21 Reasons Why I Believe in God:
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (#17)
October 7, 2014
If Jesus didn't rise from the grave, there is no Christianity. Here are five proofs for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

21 Reasons Why I Believe in God:
The Genius of Marriage (#16)
January 14, 2014
The profound mystery is that marriage is a metaphor, the only true metaphor, for Christ's union with His Body, the Church.

#15 Boy
March 26, 2014
There is no one else like me; there is no one else like you. We each matter and are known intimately by God, our Creator.

Age of the Earth
December 12, 2012
The only eyewitness tells us that He created the world in six consecutive normal days, and He has shown that He can be trusted.

The Arts and the 21st Century
WFIL Faith Talk, Spring 2007
Music, literature, and art offer us a window through which we can appreciate God's truth more fully.

Atheism's Abysmal Record
August 29, 2012
Nations and governments built upon an atheistic philosophy have been disasters, across the board.

A Balanced Diet
Calvary Quarterly, Spring 2002
Every message should have milk for the young, meat for the spiritually mature, and the manna that each of us needs daily.

Choosing a Bible
August 17, 2016
When I was growing up in Philadelphia in the early 70s there were four sneaker choices available: Converse, white or black, high-top or low-top. That was it. If only choosing a Bible were so simple...

September 25, 2012
If Christians are to ever break free of the insidious trap of materialism, we must learn the true source of our contentment.

A Contrary Scenario
November 2, 2012
Jesus said it was not for us to know the time of His return. But one thing we can know: He is in control.

Elysium 2015
June 11, 2015
Whether we live in privilege or squalor, we will never be satisfied. Heaven is what we're longing for.

God's Calendar
June 9, 2016
Perhaps God's greatest gift to His chosen people, the calendar revealed to them that a future was unfolding before their very eyes.

Great Awakenings and the Future of America
February 10, 2016
Four Great Awakenings have shaped American thought and history. Where are we now?

Have You Ever Read the Bible?
February 20, 2015
As I was asked that question, I realized I had been basing my life and eternity on something I had never investigated.

Jesus Christ
April 15, 2014
Why not ponder the results of this one individual life, and what He was sent to accomplish? Take some time and discover the real Jesus.

The Minds of the Millenium
Calvary Quarterly, Spring 1999
May we be people who have the courage to grapple with the problems of this new millennium, and believe God for solutions.

Missing Jesus
December 10, 2013
Had God chosen for Jesus to come to earth in our day, surely we would have recognized Him. Or would we?

Navigating the Digital Landscape
May, 2017

How can we as Christians navigate the minefield that is our digital landscape?

On Miracles
August 19, 2015
From the dawn of civilization human beings have been fascinated by and drawn to the miraculous. What does the Bible have to say?

On Turning 50
January 9, 2013
Truth is, I'm comfortable with this season of life. Wisdom and experience are my new friends. I only wish I had met them sooner.

A Philosophy of Life
February 15, 2012
The Church is in the life-saving business, whether through abortion alternatives, adoption, justice initiatives, or missions.

Reading is Fundamental
Calvary Quarterly, Winter 1999
We should be well-read, well-traveled, and well-mentored by those who have run the race before us. Reading makes that possible.

Strong Boy
February 12, 2014
Pugilist John L. Sullivan would overcome racial prejudice and religious persecution to become the prototype for gladiators to come.

A Time to Die
December 21, 2011
A skillful speaker and writer, Christopher Hitchens truly became the voice of atheism in the United States. He wore the label proudly.

Where Is the God of Justice?
June 18, 2013
Even those of us who believe in the goodness of God sometimes get overwhelmed by situations in the fallen world around us.

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